Saturday, May 23, 2015

Addict Food and Coffee

This is my first weekend back in Malaysia and whilst I am really enjoying the local food, a huge part of me is missing the other home that is Melbourne. I miss The Boyfriend and I miss the food scene in Melbourne, especially a good brekkie.

I have yet to try any western breakfast/brunch options here in KL but I've been told by many that they're not as good as the ones in Melbourne. Thankfully before I left, I filled up my brunch quota as much as I could.

One of the many Melbourne brunch places that I managed to cross off my to-eat-list before returning to KL is Addict Food and Coffee. It was a Thursday morning, both Daisy and I headed down to Fitzroy to catch up with Singaporean foodie, Michelle Li who happened to be in town.

All three of us had a drink each; whilst the other girls opted for coffee, I went for the Mork hot chocolate with almond milk. I love the beautiful mug that the hot chocolate was served in.

We decided to order 3 dishes to share amongst the three of us. Daisy opted for the eggs benedict with ham hock and tarragon hollandaise. The eggs were poached to perfection, and I really enjoyed the ham hock; so tender and flavourful!

The other Michelle being a lover of sweets, selected the wholemeal buttermilk pancakes. I love how pretty this dish looked, and may I add, the fluffy pancakes paired with raspberry, poached pear and mascarpone tasted just as scrumptious too!

And finally, this was my pick. Just how yolkpornlicious does this look? ;) Mushroom duxelles, topped with a crisp potato hash, a juicy roasted field mushroom, caramelised onion and a poached egg.

I loved the contrasting texture of the fleshy mushroom and the crisp yet soft in the inside potato hash. The flavours were very well executed, with the sweetness of the caramelised onion cutting through the savoury duxelles.

I was really pleased with our meal, and I'm sure both the girls were satisfied too. All three dishes were really well executed and delicious, but if I had to choose a favourite, I'd go for the eggs benedict.

Service was also great; despite the slight wait for the food to arrive, the waitstaff were all very friendly and attentive.

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The cafe was packed and buzzing with lots of locals enjoying their food and coffee; and I can see why. I could not fault Addict Food at all and definitely wouldn't mind returning again.

I guess that explains the queue for a table. My advice would be to get in early with a smaller group as most tables are set for two. :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

New Shanghai

I've got a soft spot for dumplings. Be it Chinese style jiao zi, Korean mandu, Japanese gyoza, wontons... Any kind of dumplings basically. So you can imagine how excited I was when I received an invitation from ID Collective to dine at New Shanghai.

I am personally a huge fan of their dumplings and have been to New Shanghai numerous times since they opened for two particular dishes; their 小籠包 (xiao long bao) and  生煎包 (pan fried pork buns).

The Boyfriend however, being the westernised Asian that he is often laments, "They (referring to any sort of dumplings) all taste the same!!" So instead of bringing him to the lunch tasting, I brought along The SIL who was super excited as she too is a fan of New Shanghai.

We started with some steamed crab and pork xiao long bao. I appreciate how the skin isn't too thick, and the filling being all tender and juicy. They were just as good as the pork ones that we often have, but I found the broth to be a tad tastier with the addition of crab.

Ahhhh, they're so good, I swear I can eat the whole serve all by myself! Just a kind warning though, you have to be extra careful as the broth inside can cause quite a fair bit of mess if spilled.

Take a small bite up the top of the bun, and slowly suck the hot broth out; it is after all the best part! ;)

Of course, we could not go past the pan fried pork buns even though we've had them so many times before. I absolutely love how soft and fluffy the buns are, paired with a crispy bottom and juicy filling, oh so delightful! You won't be able to stop at one. ;)

Truth be told, when the waitstaff recommended these prawn wontons with chilli oil, peanut and sesame sauce, I was a little hesitant, but it turned out to be the highlight for me! These dumplings were smooth and silky with a generous amount of prawns.

And the sauce? It does sounds like a weird combo, but it comes together really well and was super delicious!  It was a dish I would not have otherwise ordered but now I see why this dish is popular.

I often associate New Shanghai to dumplings, and as such we've yet to try many of the main dishes. The Boyfriend upon seeing my photos of the dishes The SIL and I sampled said, "Why have we never tried these main dishes before? You always order the dumplings only!"

Now that The SIL and I have sampled the mains and really enjoyed them, I am pretty sure we would return again with our other halves. :)

Speaking of the mains, we started with a sweet and sour whole barramundi, which is one of my favourite childhood dishes and definitely brought back very nostalgic memories.

The SIL was really keen on the crispy American pork ribs with garlic as her colleague raved about this dish. I swear I saw her eyes lit up upon her first bite as she went, "Mmmmm!"

The ribs were so toothsome, we had no patience with our lack of chopstick skills, we ended up using our hands haha!

If you enjoy salty food, I highly recommend the deep fried tofu coated with salted egg yolk. It was delicious, however as we were not having rice that arvo, I found this dish to be a little salty for my liking. It would have been great if we had rice.

I used to frequent Hu Tong many years ago but I found the standard of the dumplings to have dropped a fair bit in recent days. They aren't as tasty and as well made as they were before.

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I am glad New Shanghai came about as it has been my go to place for dumplings since their opening. I am also sure we would be returning for dinner to try the other mains next time. ;)

If you've never been, I highly recommend you pop by Emporium to try out New Shanghai one day. I hope you will enjoy the dumplings as much as I do. And as my SIL would say in excitement, "MUST HAVE THE AMERICAN RIBS!"

Monday, May 11, 2015

Brunch in the East #4: Butter Dish Eatery in Camberwell

I recently received an invite to dine at Butter Dish Eatery and decided that since I had a day off last Friday, I'd take a slow drive down for brunch with my friend, R.

Butter Dish Eatery is conveniently located right next door to the Camberwell Market on the Riversdale Road front. There are heaps of 2P free parking at the market, or if you're catching the train, Butter Dish is only a short 10 minutes walk from the Camberwell station.

I was instantly attracted to the array of the pastries and sweet treats on display upon entering the cafe.

Good lord, don't you agree with me that it all looks very alluring? The greedy pig in me wanted one each of everything! :P

When I was provided the menu to peruse, the one item that really stood out on the menu was this:

Peanut butter hot chocolate with crushed maltesers!!! I know I know, it is so very naughty but damn, it was deliciously indulgent!

I've never had a hot chocolate this luscious before, seriously. Every mouthful was an absolute delight! Whoever invented this bomb is a genius! Peanut butter + chocolate + maltesers = LOVE!!

Seriously, I have not stopped raving about it. I tell everyone I see about how it's the best hot choc I've ever had, and I highly recommend you give it a try too. Your waistline might not be too pleased, but upon the first sip, you will thank me for it. Yep, you're welcome! ;)

Moving onto food, we started first with savoury - the sautéed mushrooms and chives, sitting atop a hidden poached egg on Noisette brioche toast, and finished with grated Parmesan cheese.

Oh my, it arrived smelling out of the world delicious!! I can assure you, this dish tastes just as delicious as it looks.

My photo does not do this dish any justice, but it was SO SO GOOD! I reckon it would have been even more perfect if there was an extra egg for more yolkporn hehehe. ;)

Next up, a sweet brekkie option. I haven't been able to stop thinking about this delectable dish - croissant French toast served with rose panna cotta, baked rhubarb, meringue and white chocolate chunks. So so delish, every biteful was heavenly!

And of course with a display so beautiful, I had to at least wrap up my meal with one of the sweet treats. I opted for the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, to go with my green tea. Man, the frosting was so delectable, I wished there was more. :P

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To be honest, I went in for the tasting with no expectations, but I was really blown away by how good everything tasted; from food to drinks and even the sweet treats.

Even though it was an invite, I would be more than happy to return on my own dollar, especially for that hot chocolate!!

A little tip to note is that the cafe is quite small so try to get in early. I hope you will enjoy Butter Dish Eatery as much as I did.
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